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  1. Vytal is an open source browser extension for Google Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers, that will spoof the location, locale, timezone and user agent manually or automatically. Vytal uses the chrome.debugger API, which the developer believes makes the use of the extension undetectable by websites and will spoof the data during the initial loading of webpages as well as in iframes and web workers. One of the main ideas behind Vytal was to give VPN users a tool at hand to match location-based identifiers to the VPN's location. Sites may use scripts to find discrepancies between the VPN's location, based on the IP address, and other location data, which the browser may provide. The Vytal extension is available in the Chrome Web Store. Just visit its profile page there and install it, just like any other Chrome extension. You may check the source code of the extension on GitHub. Installation adds an icon to Chrome's main toolbar that you may interact with. A click displays the available options and information about the current IP address and region. The profile menu lists dozens of regional profiles that you may apply manually, e.g., to spoof your location, timezone and locale to Houston, Jersusalem, or Bangkok. You also find an option to match the regional settings to the active IP address; this is what VPN users may want to activate, as it automates the process of matching the VPN server location to the spoofed data of the browser. A custom option is available next to that, to enter data manually into the fields. There is an option to randomize the data every 60 minutes, or any other period that you set the randomizer to. Last but not least, you may also set a different user agent, but none appears to be provided, which means that you need to set it manually. Vytal has two shortcomings that users need to be aware of. Chromium-based browsers display a "started debugging this browser" message at the top when extensions are active that use the debugging API. The notification is displayed at the top in the browser when Vytal is being used. Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers support the command line switch --silent-debugger-extension-api, which supresses the message in the browser. The second issue weights more heavily. There is a slight delay between opening a new tab and the start of the debugger. Sites may use this delay to retrieve information before the actual spoofing takes place. Since this is tab-based, users might get around this by loading safe sites in tabs first before loading sites that might detect spoofing this way. The browser extension is not available for Firefox, as the browser does not support the debugging API according to the developer. Closing Words The browser extension Vytal may be useful to Internet users who run into location-based issues when using sites; this may affect users who are abroad on vacation or because of their job, and users who use VPN's to access content in different locations in the world. Sites have other means to block access to content, for example, by detecting that IP addresses that are linked to a VPN service are being used. Still, it may be worth a shot for users who can't use certain services because of their location. Now you: do you use VPNs to spoof your location? Vytal: browser extension to spoof your location and user agent
  2. IndicateTLS highlights TLS security protocol version in Firefox's address bar IndicateTLS is a browser extension for the Firefox web browser that highlights the security protocol that a website uses in the Firefox address bar. Additionally, it provides detailed security information about certain security features and the protocol. If you see HTTPS in the Firefox address bar you know that the connection to the site is encrypted. While that is good, it is not clear immediately which protocol version browser and site negotiated for the connection. Browser makers like Mozilla have plans to drop support for old security protocols, TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 in particular; the deprecation has been delayed due to Coronavirus but TLS 1.2 and 1.3 will become the standard protocols for all sites going forward. Browsers don't show whether a connection uses TLS 1.2 or 1.3 by default. As a Firefox user, you may right-click on the page, select Page Info and switch to the Security tab to see the technical details of the connection. These include which security protocol version is used. The Firefox add-on IndicateTLS brings the information to the forefront. The extension displays the version of the protocol in the Firefox address bar next to the bookmarks icon. There you find listed the version, e.g. 1.2 as in the example screenshot above. A click on the icon displays technical details. These include at the time of writing: The protocol that is used. The connection state, e.g. secure. The cipher suite. Whether Forward Secrecy is enabled. Whether HSTS preload is enabled. Information about the certificate. Switch to the resources tab in the interface to display information about loaded resources and technical details for each. Links to the SSL testing site SSL Labs are provided to run additional tests and get more information about the status of a connection. Closing Words IndicateTLS is a useful extension for Firefox as it highlights the protocol version of the connection in the address bar. Developers benefit from the extension the most as they may use it to check sites and make sure everything is configured correctly. Regular users may find it useful as well as it provides more information on the status of the connection than Firefox in its frontend. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/indicatetls/ Source: IndicateTLS highlights TLS security protocol version in Firefox's address bar (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  3. Momentum adds Microsoft To Do integration to its extension Momentum is announcing today that the extension now supports Microsoft To Do in its list of app integrations. The Redmond giant’s offering now joins the likes of Trello, Todoist, Github, Google Tasks, and more. The extension currently supports Wunderlist but warns users of the impending shut down of the Microsoft-acquired to-do list app on May 6, 2020. For those not aware, Momentum is a nifty extension on Chrome, Edge, and Firefox that replaces the browser’s new tab page with an image, weather information, and content from the integrated apps supported by the extension. The integration with Microsoft To Do means that the extension will now support all the app actions such as adding, editing, and completing tasks. Users can also sift through their lists right from the integration on the homepage. This is particularly useful for those that use their browsers extensively since there will be one less app to switch to. However, the makers of the extension do caution users that some To Do features, such as the ‘My Day’ list or recurring tasks currently do not work with the extension. These shortcomings seem to exist due to some “limitations” in Microsoft’s API for the app, the company says. The firm adds that it is “optimistic that Microsoft will update their API soon”. It must be noted, however, that integrations are available only for paid ‘Momentum Plus’ users. Users of Wunderlist that use Momentum can head here for steps on how to switch to To Do. You can try out Momentum on Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or Mozilla Firefox from their respective extensions and add-on stores, respectively. Source: Momentum adds Microsoft To Do integration to its extension (Neowin)
  4. Smart RSS Reader is a feed reader extension for Firefox and Chrome Web based feed readers are kind of a pain to use. They often implement changes that you don't want, while taking away features that you like. Local readers are much better when it comes to this, because you can revert to an older version in case of adverse changes. Smart RSS Reader is a feed reader extension for Firefox and Chrome that I have been using for a week; I'm quite impressed by it so far. Install the add-on and click its toolbar icon to open a new tab with the extension's RSS reader. It has three panes, each of which has a toolbar at the top. The left pane is the feeds pane and lists all RSS feeds that you're subscribed too. Selecting a feed displays the title of the articles published by the site in the center pane. It also displays the author's name and the date when the article went live. Click on an article's title to open it in the browser view, aka the right pane. Smart RSS Reader displays the article in its native format (i.e. no misaligned text or items) and it contains the images included in the post too. Use the Pin icon in the top right corner of an article's page to favorite it. Smart RSS Reader supports offline article reading which is useful when you're away from an internet connection. The extension's toolbar icon flashes a badge when a new article has been published, so you won't miss out on reading your favorite sites. Adding RSS Feeds The toolbar on the top of the Feeds pane has a plus button. Clicking it brings up a box where you can enter an RSS Feed's URL. For e.g. http://www.ghacks.net/feed/ The extension automatically picks-up the name of the website, its favicon and you'll immediately see the list of articles available for reading. Another way to add a feed is by right-clicking on the extension's toolbar icon. This context menu is useful for subscribing to the RSS feed of the website that you're currently on. This doesn't work for every site though, it needs to have an RSS or XML feed available which the add-on pulls automatically. If you're subscribed to a lot of feeds already, don't worry you don't need to waste time re-adding each of those to Smart RSS Reader. Click on the wrench icon in the top right corner to go to the options page, scroll down to the Import section and select the OPML > browse button to pick your OPML file. The feeds are imported instantly, and the add-on preserves the folders that you have set in your previous RSS reader. Managing Feeds Right-click on the "All feeds" option to view a context menu which allows you to "Update all, Mark all read, and Delete all articles". Select a Feed and right-click on it, click on Properties to change the URL, name etc. Use the "New Folder" option in the Feeds pane's toolbar to create a new folder, and move RSS feeds into it. This can help you organize things. Each feed has its own context menu that has options to update the list of articles, mark all as read, delete (unsubscribe), refetch (redownload), Openhome (opens the feed's website). The feeds list pane has yet another context menu. This one can be used to jump to the next unread, previous unread articles, or to mark articles as unread, mark and next/previous as unread, unpin articles, and to open the article in a new tab. The toolbar at the top of this pane has three icons: mark all read, update, delete. The Search box is handy to search for a particular article in your feeds. Smart RSS Reader options The extension has a bunch of options including a 2-pane view, sorting options, article font size, reader behavior, export feeds to OPML or SMART (text document), etc. Smart RSS Reader has many keyboard shortcuts that you can use to read and manage your feeds. Get the Firefox extension from the add-ons repository, and the Chrome version from the webstore. According to the developer, the extension is a fork of an add-on made by Martin Kadlec, which was made as an alternative to the built-in RSS reader in Opera 12. Smart RSS Reader is an open source extension. The fact that you don't need an online account to manage your feeds, and that everything is stored locally is really nice. Add-ons like this and Feedbro are the closest alternative for desktop readers, though I do use QuiteRSS myself. Smart RSS Reader is very fast and fluid. Landing Page: https://github.com/zakius/Smart-RSS Source: Smart RSS Reader is a feed reader extension for Firefox and Chrome (gHacks)
  5. automaticDark is a Firefox extension that can switch to dark theme automatically on a schedule Firefox has a really cool native dark theme. You're probably aware of this, but in case you don't know, you can switch to it from the add-ons page: select the themes option on the side bar and click on the Dark theme. This process has to be done manually every time you want to switch between themes. Windows 10 has a night mode that can be enabled automatically, and when this option's enabled, Firefox will enable the dark theme on its own, and reverts to the default theme when the operating system turns off night mode. But not everyone uses Windows 10. If you're on a different operating system, and want your browser to switch to a dark mode on a schedule, you can use an add-on called automaticDark. You may also find the add-on useful if you want to enable and disable the dark theme on a custom schedule. The extension doesn't have a toolbar icon which means that you need to head to the add-ons page to manage it. The options page lets you set the dark theme at sunset, and switches back to the daytime theme at sunrise. The default options for sunrise and sunset are set to 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM. You can change the time manually, like I've done. That's a pretty useful option to have, since not everyone works during the same hours of the day. There is an option to automatically set the sunrise/sunset time, but if you enable it, you'll be prompted to grant the geo-location permission for the add-on. There are two more options on the page: these allow you to set the daytime theme and the nighttime theme. You can choose from any of the three default themes that Firefox ships with: Default, Light and Dark. If you're a night shift worker and prefer using the day theme during the night (and vice versa), you can switch them per your requirement. Once you have set the sunset and sunrise times, automaticDark will enable the corresponding theme automatically. I've been using it for about a week, and it has worked flawlessly. The extension does not change the appearance of websites, i.e., it will not change a page's background to a dark color. If you want that, you should try Dark Reader. Custom themes support I don't like the built-in themes in Firefox, so I use third-party themes. Will automaticDark work with it? Absolutely, as long as the theme that you're using is listed in the Add-ons > themes section (and not under Extensions), it should work. The easiest way to check this is right from automaticDark's options page, just click the daytime or nighttime theme setting, and the third party theme that you want to use should be available in the drop-down menu. Set it as the theme, and you are good to go. On the other hand, I found that extensions which change the appearance of the browser like NightOwl, Firefox Color aren't supported. This isn't automaticDark's fault, it's just that these add-ons use a different method (modified CSS) to change the look of the browser. automaticDark is an open source extension. The full name of the extension is automaticDark - Time-Based Theme Changer. This is a useful add-on, even for those on Windows 10. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/automatic-dark/ Source: automaticDark is a Firefox extension that can switch to dark theme automatically on a schedule (gHacks - Ashwin)
  6. Drop Feeds is an RSS reader extension for Firefox RSS Feeds are a simple way to keep yourself updated of the latest articles from your favorite sites. Some prefer desktop programs like QuiteRSS, while others prefer a web-based service. A good browser extension can offer the best of both worlds, that's what Drop Feeds does. The extension supports RSS and Atom feeds. Once you have installed the extension, click on its button on the toolbar. Drop Feeds has a three-pane sidebar, and a reader pane taking up the rest of the space. Adding Feeds So, how do you subscribe to feeds? Visit any website that has an RSS feed. Click on the Drop Feeds button. There are three ways to add feeds: the first method is to click on the Discover Feeds button (magnifying glass icon) on the sidebar, it lists all available feeds, including comment feeds. Select the one you want to subscribe to, the extension loads a preview of the feed in a pop-up window. Click on add feed to subscribe to it. The second method is quite similar, after clicking the Drop Feeds button, you should notice an RSS icon in the address bar. Click on it to view the feeds detected by the extension, pick one and subscribe to it. For some reason, only the 2nd method worked with our blog's feed. The way this works kind of reminds me of the Want My RSS extension, but Drop Feeds comes with its own reader, so that's a nice bonus. If you'd rather use a URL for adding a feed, click on the "Options" button in the top pane (last icon on the toolbar), and select "Subscribe by URL". Paste the RSS Feed link in the box and select subscribe. Now that you've subscribed to a feed, it should appear in the top pane of the sidebar. A bold feed name indicates that it contains unread articles. Click on a feed and the add-on opens it a new tab to load the latest articles, in the large pane to the right. This is a proper RSS reader, complete with images and clickable links. You can close the Drop Feeds sidebar to read the current feed in the browser. Selecting a different feed loads it in a new tab. The middle pane in the sidebar lists all available articles from the current feed, and bold titles indicate unread articles. When you click on an article, a text-only version of it is loaded in the third pane. While it's useful for previewing a post, it's not very reader-friendly. Managing Feeds The first icon on the top pane's toolbar refreshes all feeds. The second, as we saw earlier, discovers feeds from the current web page. View updated feeds using the 3rd button. Subscribe or filter the feeds with the fourth and fifth icons. Right-click on a feed to manage it. You can use this context menu to create different folders, mark a feed as read/unread, delete it. The info option lets you rename the feed or change its address. Similarly, the article list (the second pane) has options to mark posts as read, unread, it also allows you to open unread articles in new tabs and hide the ones you've read. Drop Feeds Options The extension's options page has quite a few settings that you can toggle. Drop Feeds stores your feeds in its own bookmarks folder which you can customize. Define the update checker settings, new tab behaviour (for opening feeds), switch to various themes including a dark theme. If you're coming from a feedreader service or application, you can export the OPML (list of subscribed feeds) and import it to Drop Feeds. The extension has an option for exporting its own OPML file. Advanced users may set up security filters to prevent HTML and CSS elements from loading in feeds. The add-on comes with a script manager which you can use to add custom scripts for the feeds. The add-on is open source. According to the extension's page, Drop Feeds was inspired by the legacy add-ons, Sage feed reader and Sage++. Drop Feeds is an RSS reader extension for Firefox
  7. Open a list of webpages in one go with the Bulk URL Opener extension for Firefox and Chrome We've reviewed extensions such as Copy Selected Links or Copy All Tab URLs which can save the web addresses from all your tabs with a single click. Now, how about reviewing an extension that can open a list of URLs in your browser of choice? Bulk URL Opener is an extension for Firefox and Chrome, which can do that. Install it and click on its icon that on the toolbar and, Bulk URL Opener's interface pops-up. A large pane contains a list of all tabs that are loaded in the current window. It works on a per-window basis. The pane is the URL field, though it just looks like a text box. Paste the links that you want to open in the box, and then click on the Open Links button. The extension will load all the links in new tabs, hence the name, Bulk URL Opener. The "Get links of all opened tabs" is sort of like an undo option, in case you deleted the contents in it. You can do the same by just clicking away and reopening the add-on's window. An icon is displayed next to the extension's name in the pop-up, click on it to open the add-on's interface in its own window. This is optional, of course. The links that you paste don't have to be in a special format, all you need to do is make sure that there's only one URL per line. So, you can import links that you've obtained from other extensions, text files, etc. Bulk URL Opener opens the pasted links in the same window. If you want it to open them links in a separate window instead, you'll have to open a new window before using the add-on to load the list of tabs. The extension can also be used to save the URLs from all loaded tabs. There are two ways to do this: you can copy and paste it to a text file to save the links. You can even use the list in a different browser if you want to. Or, click on the new list button to save the tabs using the add-on's built-in list manager. The saved list can be accessed from the drop-down menu in the left corner of the pop-up interface. This is sort of like saving a browsing session. Lists can be edited or deleted anytime you want to. The Load list button does not open the links immediately, it only displays the URLS. Use the Open links button for opening the loaded list. Don't want all tabs loading at once? Enable the last option on the Bulk URL Opener's settings page, to make it load a tab only when it is selected. Export your settings and tab lists, and save the script in a text file. Import them back by pasting the script. Bulk URL Opener has a setting, which, when enabled, will try to extract a URL from the string, which is handy if you paste text that contains a link somewhere, instead of using an actual URL. Or, you can tell the extension to perform an online search using Google, DuckDuckGo or Bing with the non-URL text as the keyword. The add-on has a night theme that you can toggle, though this only affects the Settings page. Download Bulk URL Opener for Chrome and Firefox. The extension is open source. Landing Page (Firefox): https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/bulkurlopener/ Landing Page: (Chrome): https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/bulk-url-opener/kgnfciolbjojfdbbelbdbhhocjmhenep Open a list of webpages in one go with the Bulk URL Opener extension for Firefox and Chrome
  8. View tab previews, save and restore sessions with the Tabby - Window & Tab Manager extension for Firefox Navigating through browser tabs without the help of some extension or the other can be rather difficult. Forget scrolling through the tab bar, using a vertical scrollable list can be a lot faster. Tabby - Window & Tab Manager makes that possible. The extension puts a colorful three-line icon on the toolbar, clicking on it opens its interface. This pop-up window has two panes: the list on the right displays all tabs that are/were opened in the current window. Mouse over a tab and a visual preview of the page is displayed on the left pane. This helps in finding the right tab way simpler than switching from tab-to-tab. The preview also contains the full title and URL of the tab, and you can copy it without switching the focus to the tab. Speaking of which, click on a tab to switch to it. Drag and drop tabs to rearrange their order. Each tab has its title and favicon, but you will notice two more buttons next to tabs. Clicking on the x button closes a tab. Hit the Pin icon to send the tab to the top of the list, the add-on uses Firefox's pin function for this. The preview loads instantly if the tab is currently loaded in the browser, if it isn't though, the preview takes a few seconds to appear as the add-on fetches the content in the background. If the list of tabs is too long, you can filter the view by entering the name of the website in the search box. Hit enter to open the highlighted tab. Right-click on a tab and select the "Send tab to" menu option to move it to a different window. This also works from the page context menu in the browser. Right-click on the Window's name in the Tabby popup interface, to rename it. Tabby - Window & Tab Manager can save websites for later. Hit the button next to the Search box to save the tabs in the current window. To load the "window's session", click on the restore button. The add-on opens a new tab to restore the windows. It supports multiple windows as well, i.e., tab sessions from multiple windows can be saved and restored. The restoration process works even after you have closed each window, and restarted the browser several times. Resize the extension's pop-up window from its options page. You may toggles for the tab preview, tab details, search in URLs per your requirements. Tabby supports keyboard shortcuts for switching to the last used tab or window, and to open the pop-up interface. Select a tab and hold down the left mouse button, and press P to pin it, M to mute it. The extension does not support the browser's tab right-click menu, and instead displays the default context menu when you right-click on a tab in the pop-up view. This is somewhat odd for a tab manager add-on. Tabby was among Mozilla's Firefox Quantum Extensions Challenge finalists, though it eventually lost the contest. This is an open source extension. It should not to be confused with Tabby2, which was once a popular add-on. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/tabby-window-tab-manager/ View tab previews, save and restore sessions with the Tabby - Window & Tab Manager extension for Firefox
  9. Behave for Chrome and Firefox warns you of port scans and local attacks Behave! is a new browser extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox that is designed to inform its users when sites misbehave by performing port scans or access private IP addresses. The extension may also work in other Chromium-based and Firefox-based browsers but I have not tested that. Behave! should not be confused with the Firefox extension behind!, which we reviewed yesterday. The new extension reveals when sites scan local ports or access private IPs. We revealed in May 2020 that eBay and other major sites were running port scans on user systems as soon as the browser connected to these sites. The sites checked ports used by local remote software and used for fraud detection as remote software may be used for that purpose. Users on the other hand voiced concern that the port scanning was unethical and an invasion of privacy. The browser extension Behave! monitors web pages for certain activity, and informs the user if it notices it. One of the main features of the extension is that it detects port scanning and will reveal as much immediately. The extension adds an icon to the toolbar of the browser and changes the color of the icon based on its findings. A click on the icon displays information about the activity of sites in the browser sorted by method. For IP access, Behave! lists the target IP and port, target host, and the host the request originated from. For Port scans, it lists the port, host, and the from host. For Rebinding scans, it lists the hosts, IPs and from host. Behave! detects browser based port scans, access to private IPs, and DNS rebinding attacks to private IPS. The extension comes with a basic set of preferences that let you change the portscan threshold, enable or disable the monitoring, and to enable or disable Windows notifications. The open source extension is developed by Stefano Di Paola, the co-founder and CTO of MindedSecurity. Technically speaking, Behave! "will alert if a web page tries to directly access [...] an IP belonging to any of the following blocks": Loopback addresses IPv4 Loopback addresses IPv6 ::1/128 Private Networks IPv4 - - Unique Local Addresses IPv6 fc00::/7 Closing Words Behave! notifies users if sites misbehave or if DNS rebinding attacks are performed. The extension comes without any options to block the site behavior. The developer plans to introduce new features in future versions of the extension. Plans are underway to integrate a whitelist in the application and an option to "track back the code performing the suspicious activity". Landing Page: https://github.com/mindedsecurity/behave Behave for Chrome and Firefox warns you of port scans and local attacks
  10. Yet another speed dial is an simple, customizable new tab replacement extension for Firefox and Chrome Yet another speed dial! No, I'm not complaining about anything. That's the name of a speed dial extension for Firefox and Chrome. The add-on is meant to replicate Opera browser's famous feature, and it does so rather nicely. Once installed, Yet another speed dial takes over the new tab. The add-on starts with a blank page, and displays some steps to help you get started. Add speed dials The easiest way to add speed dials is to visit any web page and right-click on it and select "Add to Speed Dial" from the context menu. The extension saves a thumbnail screenshot of the page to be used for the dial. The second method is to click on the new tab button, and then on the large + button to add a new site. Paste the URL of the website to be added in the text field, and click on "Add to Speed Dial". The add-on opens a new tab to load the site to save its thumbnail. Another way to add dials is by bookmarking a page and placing it in the Other Bookmarks > Speed Dial folder. This also ensures your bookmarks are synced with your Firefox/Google account. Rearrange the position of a dial by dragging it to a different place. Right-click on a dial to open it in a new tab, new window or private window. It can also be used to delete a dial. You may edit a dial's settings including the URL and the image, the extension lets you choose between the web page thumbnail or the favicon, or you can use a custom image from your computer. Settings Right-click anywhere on a new tab, or click on the gear icon in the top right corner of the add-on's page to access its settings. Yet another speed dial lets you use your own wallpaper as the background. Prefer a solid color instead, you can customize that too. Don't like the label (title) displayed below every dial, toggle the setting. The + button (Add side) can be disabled as well. The last option on the settings page sets the dials to be vertically aligned on the screen. Hit the save button to apply the changes that you've made. Incompatibility with Firefox Containers Yet another speed dial worked well with Chrome (Microsoft Edge Chromium), but I had some trouble with the extension on Firefox. It wouldn't capture the images for the dial, or even add the dial when I used the right-click menu. The issues page on the add-on's GitHub didn't have any reports related to this. I had almost given up on the add-on thinking it was broken, and if there hadn't been a Chrome extension, I certainly would've. That's what made me curious, why it would work in one browser but not in the other. I disabled some of my other add-ons in Firefox to narrow down the issue. Eventually, I found the answer. It appears the extension is not compatible with Firefox Containers. When I tried to add a dial for a web page that is configured to load in a container, the extension would not finish capturing the images. Also, the right-click menu was non-responsive when used with contained websites. For e.g. I've set Ghacks, Reddit, Google (Gmail, Docs, etc.,) to load in their own Firefox Containers. When I tried to add these pages to the dials, only one of these worked (Google.com). Even Google's sub-domains like Gmail and YouTube couldn't be added. This wasn't the case for web pages that were loaded normally (no containers). For e.g. Yahoo, GitHub, SourceForge, etc. The extension's "Add to dial menu" and + button worked perfectly with normal pages. To put this theory to the test, all I had to do was disable the Firefox Multi-Account Containers add-on, and then try adding the web pages using Yet another speed dial. It worked. You may want to use this as a temporary workaround, but I won't recommend disabling containers permanently, because Privacy & Security > convenience anyday. Yet another speed dial is an open source extension. Download it for Chrome or Firefox. It does not sync to any cloud service, which is a good thing. There are no way to organize dials in folders, and the lack of an option to backup your dials is a bit disappointing as well, since there's no way to restore dials in case you reset Firefox (or Chrome). Landing Page: https://github.com/conceptualspace/yet-another-speed-dial Yet another speed dial is an simple, customizable new tab replacement extension for Firefox and Chrome
  11. Simple Tab Groups is a Firefox extension for organizing your tabs Simple Tab Groups is a Firefox extension that can help you organize your tabs. The extension was inspired by one with a similar name, Tab Groups. The extension includes five plugins (add-ons from the same developer) merged into one for a functioning Tab Group manager extension. After you install Simple Tab Groups, it opens a local web page with a screenshot to guide users how to "Enable the restore previous session" option in Firefox. That's because when you restart the browser, the add-on will load the last accessed tab group. You will see that the extension added a button to the toolbar. Click on it to see three options. Create New Group This is the option you will be using the most. Selecting it will prompt you to assign a name, and this creates an empty Tab Group. To add tabs to the group, mouse over to the tab bar and right-click on a tab. Select "Move Tab To Group". This adds the tab to the created group and hides it from view. If you have multiple groups, you'll have the option to select which group you want to move the tabs to. You may also create new groups from the menu. Once saved, a group can be opened anytime. This works in new windows too. Managing Group Settings Let's get back to the Tab Groups' toolbar menu. Now that we have some groups, we can manage them. Right-click on a group's name to view its context-menu. This allows you to open all tabs in a group in a new window, sort the groups alphabetically, export the selected group to bookmarks, and to reload all tabs in the group. You can discard the selected group or all other groups, or delete the group completely. Select the Group Settings. Here you can rename a group, select its icon style. The tab's icon (the website's favicon), can be set as the Group's icon, do this from the tab bar. The Group Settings panel also has options to mute tabs when a group is closed/restored, make a sticky group (tabs are never moved from the group), show/discard tabs after moving. Simple Tab Groups works with Firefox Containers, and can be configured to automatically move specific containers to a particular group. For e.g. If you have a container for shopping websites, and you have created a Tab Group called shopping, it may be a good idea to move the tabs in the Shopping container to the group. The extension also supports RegEx for capturing tabs from the same domain. Add-on Settings The main menu of the add-on has a caret icon, click on it to view other tabs (not part of the group). There are 3 options here all of which perform a single-click action to: close all these tabs, move these tabs to the current group, or create a new group with these tabs. The gear icon in the menu can be used to access the add-on's options. You can customize the open, close, discard behavior of tabs, optionally discard a tab after hiding it or enable a dark theme and more from this screen. The Manage Groups option opens a new tab with a speed-dial like representation of each tab groups, you can right click on a group to manage it. The extension is an open source project. The add-on is compatible with Gesturefy, though it needs a little tinkering to get it working. Note: Simple Tab Groups is NOT a session manager. If you have many tabs in a group and close it before exiting other windows, you will lose the tabs. To prevent this, you should close all the other windows first. I recommend using the Bookmarks option. You can also use OneTab, which does save a history of the tabs and has a restore option. Simple Tab Groups provides an easy way to de-clutter your browser and organize your tabs. It does not interfere with the new tab page, so add-ons like Group Speed Dial work alongside perfectly. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/simple-tab-groups/ Source: Simple Tab Groups is a Firefox extension for organizing your tabs (gHacks)
  12. Get RSS feed URLs from any page and preview them using the Want My RSS extension for Firefox When you are on a website, and want to see if it offers an RSS feed that you may want to subscribe to, what do you do? Usually the best way is to look for the RSS icon on the page. IF there is none, you could check the source or try common feed URLs direclty, e.g. by appending /feed/ to to the domain. https://www.ghacks.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Want-My-RSS-icon.jpg Want my RSS is a Firefox extension that aims to simplify this task. Install the add-on and visit any web page. You'll notice an RSS icon (next to the bookmark icon) in the address bar. Click on the icon and a small pop-up appears, that lists the available RSS feeds. Mouse over the RSS feed that you want to access. Left-click on it and Want My RSS will open load the page in its feed previewer. Another way to do this is to click the RSS Feed URL on the website, or simply open the feed's link, it will be loaded in the extension's previewer. Use it to read the latest articles on the website. This includes the images that were included in the posts, but videos aren't displayed in the previewer. Click on an article's title/URL to load it normally. By default, the add-on uses "Relative time" (like an hour ago) to indicate when an article was published in the feed that you're viewing. Uncheck the box next to "Relative time" to view the exact time stamp when the post was published to the feed. Use the sort box near the top corner in the feed previewer to sort the articles by Newest or Oldest. See that icon to the right of the articles? Click on it to switch to the day or night theme, which changes the background color of the Want My RSS previewer page. Do note that this isn't a full-fledged RSS reader extension by any means (for starters it lacks notifications). You may want to try something like Smart RSS or Feedbro for a proper feed reader. Or, click on the icon next to the Subscribe button to choose from a list of feed readers: Feedly, The Old Reader, InoReader, News Blur, Netvibes, BazQux, Feedbin, G2Reader, CommaFeed, Nooshub. If you don't use any of those, scroll to the top of the preview page. The add-on displays the name and the link of the RSS feed in the top left corner. Mouse over near the URL to view the URL and copy it. Now, you can use it to subscribe to the feed in any feed reader of your choice. The add-on doesn't work perfectly with all sites. E.g. For some reason, it doesn't pick up gHacks' feed, i.e. the Want My RSS button doesn't appear in the address bar. Another thing that I observed was the "Subscribe to page" option that appears when clicking on the three-dot icon in the address-bar. The option was grayed out. However, clicking on the blog's feed button loaded it in the previewer. I also noticed an issue with some websites where the extension would not load the preview (for e.g. the European PlayStation blog). Other options Open the add-on's page to define the rules for custom feeds. If you don't want the extension to load the preview of feeds, disable the "Intercept requests" option. Toggle the "open popup feeds in a new tab" option to force Want My RSS to load a feed in a new tab. It's useful when you don't want to navigate away from the source website. Want My RSS is an open source extension. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/want-my-rss/ Source: Get RSS feed URLs from any page and preview them using the Want My RSS extension for Firefox (gHacks - Ashwin)
  13. This Chrome extension lets you link directly to specific text on a webpage Google has released Link to Text Fragment, a new extension, that lets users generate URLs to a specific text on a webpage, irrespective of the page's formatting. After the extension has been installed, highlight that text that you want to link to, simply right-click, and select "Copy Link to Selected Text." If the process succeeds, the selected text will briefly be highlighted in yellow. Anyone having a compatible browser can open and share this link. This extension builds upon Text Fragments, a feature that was recently added to Chromium. It works by appending extra information to a URL after a # and is the same technology that the Mountain View firm uses to highlight featured snippet text within webpages. However, this process can be a bit difficult, especially when users are linking to longer sections of text or complex pages. This extension makes the creation process convenient. The extension-created links are compatible with version 80 upwards of all Chromium-based browsers, but all browsers haven't adapted yet. As of yesterday, Google's blog post notes that Firefox and Safari had not stated whether or not they'd implement this feature. This Chrome extension lets you link directly to specific text on a webpage
  14. Open a URL from the clipboard with a hotkey using the Paste and Go Key extension for Firefox The Paste and Go option has been available in Firefox for over a decade. It is a very useful feature which I use it frequently, and I'm sure some of you do as well. Is there a way to make this more convenient? There is, with the help of an extension called Paste and Go Key. The name is a dead giveaway on how it works. The add-on relies on a keyboard shortcut. Once installed, all you have to do is copy a link to the clipboard and hit the combo Ctrl + Shift + V. And the add-on will open the link, this saves you the manual effort of moving the mouse to the awesome bar and accessing the browser's right-click menu option. I like it, because it provides a more efficient way to open links, especially when pasting them from a different program. What happens when the clipboard doesn't contain a URL (or a partial URL), nothing. It just won't work. Now, there are a few things that you may want to tweak. By default, Paste and Go Key opens the link in the current tab. This can be an issue, if you want to retain the page you're on. The add-on lets you change this, so you can choose to open the links in a new tab in the foreground, or the background. Don't like the default shortcut? Using the same keys for something else? You may change the hotkey from the settings, it allows you to choose a combination of up to 3 keys, and you can include two of the following: Control, Alt, Shift, along with any other key of your choice. Paste and Go Key can be used for a different function, to perform an online search. This option is disabled by default, when enabled, instead of loading the URL, it will look up the queried term, in this instance, the contents of the clipboard. The extension uses Google's search engine, but you can switch to a different search provider of your choice. You'll need to paste the search URL in the box on the add-on's Settings page. The default one is https://www.google.com/search?q=%s. Let's say you want to switch it to use DuckDuckGo, it should be https://duckduckgo.com/?q=%s. You may have noticed that Paste and Go Key placed an icon on the toolbar. Well, if it's a keyboard-based extension, what good is that button for? Copy a link to the clipboard, and click on that button, and it will load the page. It's basically a mouse-friendly shortcut which is functionally identical to the hotkey. That's pretty cool, and it works with the search option too. I couldn't find the source code of Paste and Go Key. Does the add-on work when you have multiple URLs in the clipboard? Unfortunately no, but there is a similar extension called Multiple Paste and Go Button that does the job. It even uses the same shortcut. This is the add-on that I had been using before I came across Paste and Go Key. While the former has not been updated in many months, the latter offers a few additional options which makes it worth using, plus you can customize the hotkey. Landing Page https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/paste-and-go-key/ Source: Open a URL from the clipboard with a hotkey using the Paste and Go Key extension for Firefox
  15. Web Translate is a Firefox and Chrome extension that displays the translation of the selected text Every once in a while, I visit websites which are not in a language I'm familiar with. While translating the entire page is a good idea, sometimes I may only need just a sentence or two to be translated. Normally, I paste the lines into a translation extension that I use. But you know how it is, sometimes the translation makes no sense, and you may want to try a different one. Web Translate is an extension for Firefox and Chrome, that displays the translation of the selected text in a pop-up or modal, and also lets you choose the translation service you want to use. The add-on places an icon on the toolbar, which you can use to access its interface. The UI is a pop-up window, and it may look familiar if you're using the Group Speed Dial add-on, that's because both extensions are written by the same developer. Visit a web page that is not in your default language, and right-click anywhere to access the browser's context menu. Select the option that says Translate Page, and Web Translate will open a new tab with the Google Translated version of the page in your default language. You can also click on the add-on's button, and then on the second option in the sidebar to do the same. This isn't convenient than the right-click menu, but the pop-up interface has many other options. Do you want to translate specific text on the page? Highlight the content, access the context menu and select Translate "selected text". Doing so opens the Web Translate's interface with the first tab in focus, and the extension automatically makes a query with the selected content in the "source" pane. After a second or two, the translated version of the text is displayed on the other pane. The Translate tab's interface differs based on the service that you select. For instance, if you're using Google Translate, you will see options to mark a translation as a favorite, listen to the translation using text-to-speech. The paper icon sends the translation to the clipboard. Found an incorrect translation? Edit it by clicking the pencil button. The share button lets you send the translation via Email, Twitter, etc. Switch to the Microsoft Bing Translator, and you'll only see the original text and translation panes, and a list of commonly used phrases. DeepL Translator has options similar to Google's, but also lets you save the translation as a text document. Click on the settings button and you can change the default translation service, you may choose from: Google Translate, Microsoft Bing Translator, DeepL Translator, Yandex Translate and Baidu Translator. The settings page has options to change the size of the sidebar, toggle the context menu options for translate text/page. Dislike the pop-up interface? Web Translate can be set to open in a modal, or in a new tab or a new window. This also works for the context menu actions. You can toggle an optional Dark mode for the add-on's interface. Download Web Translate for Firefox and Chrome. The extension is not open source. The Chrome version doesn't support Google Translate in the pop-up/modal. According to a comment from the developer, this seems to be due to a limitation in the browser. The add-on is also available for Mozilla Thunderbird. I switched to Simple Translate last year (from "To Google Translate"), and have been quite happy with it. But, I think Web translate does an equally good job. Landing Page https://fastaddons.com/ Source: Web Translate is a Firefox and Chrome extension that displays the translation of the selected text
  16. Customize your new tab page with random wallpapers, quotes with the Mue extension for Firefox and Chrome I like to spruce up my desktop with a new wallpaper now and then, just because. I don't do this as often with my browser, because I have many speed-dials in my new tab page, so you can barely see a background. I wanted to try something else for a change, and decided to go with the Mue extension for Firefox and Chrome. Besides the cool background, it displays some additional content in every tab. This includes a greeting, a clock widget, and a random quote. All of these can be customized, or completely turned off from the add-on's settings. In fact, you don't have to set up any option, everything's ready-to-use, when you install the add-on. The star button in the bottom right corner lets you mark wallpapers as favorites, and the full-screen icon next to the star, removes all visual elements except the wallpaper. The latter isn't a permanent setting, it's just useful to get an unobstructed view of the background. See that search bar in the top left corner? Mue uses DuckDuckGo as the default search engine, but you can switch to Google, Bing, Yahoo, Ecosia, Yandex, Qwant, Ask, Start Page, or a custom search provider of your choice. So, where does Mue source the images from? The extension's has its own image database which is community driven, if you notice the names appearing in the bottom left corner, you can see the name of the person who contributed that photo. Want even more images? Click on the gear button in the top right corner to open Mue's settings. The Background section has an option that says "Background API", click on the menu and switch to the Unsplash service. While you're on this screen, you can adjust the blur effect and brightness of the image. It also has options to use a custom background, which can be an online image, or one that you upload to the service. Local images don't seem to be supported by the add-on. Not a fan of the photos? You can have a solid color as the background too. You may configure the Clock widget from the Time settings, it has an optional 24-hour clock and an analog mode. Do you like the Greeting displayed in new tabs? Well, you can include your name if you'd like to add a personal touch. As I mentioned earlier, you can toggle any of the widgets if you want a more minimal experience. Mue is an open source extension. Sometimes when you open a new tab, the add-on takes a couple of seconds to load the background image. That's okay I guess, but occasionally the image stayed blank. Head to this page to try out an interactive demo of Mue. Download the extension for Firefox and Chrome. The marketplace didn't work for me at all, it was stuck at "Loading..." endlessly in both Firefox and Chrome (Edge). It seems to be hosted at https://marketplace.muetab.com/, which was giving me errors. It was only then I noticed on the project page on GitHub, that the developer has shared a roadmap (on Trello), which acknowledges that the Marketplace isn't working. The market and its add-ons, will hopefully be fixed in version 5.0, which will be released this year. It's not a dealbreaker, as the other features work just fine. I would have liked the extension more if it supported speed-dials or bookmarklets. That being said, Mue is a very impressive add-on. Landing Page https://github.com/mue/mue Source: Customize your new tab page with random wallpapers, quotes with the Mue extension for Firefox and Chrome
  17. Load new tabs in the same container as the first one with the Sticky Window Containers extension for Firefox Multi-Account Containers are one of the best extensions/features in Mozilla Firefox. It helps enhance your privacy by isolating websites, thus preventing cookie-based tracking. But you may have noticed that sometimes it's hard to tell which container is open. The colored lines on container tabs, that's how I know which containers are being used. Color coding the containers helps a bit, and so does the container name in the address bar. But it can get a bit messy if you have several tabs from various containers opened at the same time. Say for example, I want to do some banking related stuff or order something online, I usually open a new window to load the website, complete my transaction and return to the primary window. I do this to avoid cluttering the current window session. Sticky Window Containers can help you manage your containers better. Here's how: the add-on detects the first container tab that you open in a window, and loads all subsequent new tabs in the same container. So how is this different from the Multi-Account Containers extension? You open a specific website, and it loads in the container you assigned it to. But when you open a random website (one you haven't added a container for), it will be opened as a normal tab. Similarly, you will visit more non-contained sites. This can result in a bit of a tracking mess, because none of them are contained, and it poses a bit of a privacy risk, though this has been reduced by the Firefox 86 update (a word about this at the end of the article). Wouldn't it be better if all new tabs were restricted to the same container? That's exactly what Sticky Window Containers helps with, to limit your activity to the specific container on a per-window basis. With its help, you could instead open a Personal container tab, and with the help of the extension continue browsing by isolating sites to that container. That said, the sticky add-on only restricts non-container websites. So, what happens when you open a second (different) container tab in the same window? It works as normal, i.e., if your browser window has a work container tab open, and you decide to open a different container tab e.g. News, the latter will be opened in its corresponding container. That's how containers are meant to work, and this extension does not affect that. Speaking of which, you will need to have the Firefox Multi-Account Containers extension installed for Sticky Window Containers to work. The extension has no options whatsoever, which is a good thing. It works right out of the box. Sticky Window Containers is an open source add-on. The plugin would be more useful if it recognized new container tabs, and opened them in a different window. An option to send a tab to a specific window would work great too, but you can use Winger for that. You may have read about the Firefox 86 update that was released recently with the new Total Cookie Protection feature. It loads websites each in their own container, which is kind of what the Temporary Containers add-on does. Sticky Window Containers is still worth using, because it forces the site-isolation to a specific container of your choice, which I think gives you a little more control. Landing Page https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/sticky-window-containers/ Source: Load new tabs in the same container as the first one with the Sticky Window Containers extension for Firefox
  18. Manage container tabs efficiently from a side panel with the Container Tabs Sidebar extension for Firefox We have discussed Firefox Containers and the importance of using them to protect your privacy. There are many extensions that improve the experience, including the previously reviewed Easy Container Shortcuts, Containers with Transitions, or Containers Helpers. Container Tabs Sidebar is an add-on that helps you manage your tabs more efficiently. Install the extension and press the F2 key to access the Container Tabs Sidebar, hit the key again to close it. You can also click the add-on's button on the toolbar to access the side panel. The sidebar lists each tab that is open. The tabs aren't displayed in the order that they appear on the tab bar, instead the add-on categorizes them by their container type. How can you tell which container a tab belongs to? You can identify the tabs in three ways; the name of the container is displayed at the top of each tab group, and the container's color is displayed next to its name, and on the left edge of the side panel. Non-container tabs aka normal tabs are displayed under the Default group. Click on a tab to switch to it instantly. If you have many tabs opened in each container, the lists could become long. You can click on the name of the group to collapse its panel, you may also do this by hitting the arrow icon to the right-edge of the panel. Open a new container tab by clicking the + symbol next to the tab group's name. You can move a tab from one group to another by dragging and dropping them, this loads the selected tab from one container to another. Remember, if the tab that you moved is some sort of online serve (mail, streaming, etc), you will need to re-login to the site, because it has been moved to a different container. Right-click on a tab group's name to reload all tabs in the container or close them. If you right-click on a specific tab you can access Firefox's tab context menu. The options here differ slightly. It's missing the options to Select All Tabs and Send tab to device. And instead of the Close Multiple Tabs menu, the add-on displays options to Close the tab, Close other tabs, Close tabs above, and close tabs below. Drag a tab to the top of the Container Tabs Sidebar to pin it. Pinned tabs are displayed at the top of the panel, like a mini tab-bar. This also pins the tab to the browser's tab bar. Switch between the dark and light theme from the Add-on's settings. The extension doesn't display the entire title of tabs, and the sidebar cannot be resized (beyond a certain limit), but you can toggle "Wrap tab titles", and it will show you the full title by adding additional lines if required. It's similar to how word wrap works in Notepad, Wordpad, etc. Are you switching between tabs in the same container frequently? Toggling "Collapse containers on tab change", will automatically close the tab list of other containers. If you feel that the tab list is cluttering up the panel, enable the option for hiding empty containers. So, any container that doesn't have a tab open, remains hidden, until you load one. Container Tabs Sidebar is an open source extension. I think the add-on could use a search function to help find a tab quickly. But of course, we have other extensions which can help us with that. Landing Page https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/container-tabs-sidebar/ Source: Manage container tabs efficiently from a side panel with the Container Tabs Sidebar extension for Firefox
  19. LocalFolders is a Thunderbird extension that helps you create local mail storage directories Mail boxes can fill up quickly depending on how often you communicate, newsletters, notification emails land in your inbox. This results in a cluttered mess. One way to deal with this is to archive old mails, which helps preserve the contents without deleting them permanently. Another option, is to use folders to categorize mails based on their content. This also helps you find specific content quickly, looking for a receipt? Check the shopping folder. Where is that mail your colleague sent you, in the work folder of course. It's easy to create web-based folders, you right-click on the account's name, select "new folder", and it's ready. It would be nice to have a local archive of your mails, wouldn't it? Thunderbird has one local folder by default, but how do you add more? LocalFolders is an extension that helps you create local storage folders in Thunderbird. These also give you more control over organizing content for offline usage/archiving. To start using the add-on, go to the Account Settings from the Tools menu. Select an account from the sidebar on the left, and click on the Account actions button at the bottom of the panel. Choose the "Add Folder" option from the pop-up menu. This opens a new window where you can set up the Local Folder. You may assign a name for the folder, and select a custom directory to store the mails in. There are two message types you can choose from. As for the contents that get saved in the directory, you can select specific message folders that's already available for the selected account. All web-mail folders can be selected except for the trash and outbox folders, because these are pre-selected, i.e, if you create a new folder these 2 sub-directories will be added automatically. Check the box next to the other folders you want to add and click the OK button. That's it, your local folder is ready to use. Go to the main screen of Thunderbird, and you'll see the folder on the side panel. The directory may appear to be empty, i.e. the message folders won't be inside it. Don't worry, this is normal and how Thunderbird works by default. The email client lists sub-folders under your accounts, it's a little odd. There is a simple fix for this, click on the program's menu button and go to the View menu, select Folders and choose the "All" Option. Now your folders should be listed as normal. The sub-folders that are listed depends on the message folders that you chose while creating the directory. To manage your folders, head to the Account Settings page. Can I create multiple folders? Yes, that's what this add-on was created for. Folders can be created in local drives, network drives and mail servers. What does this mean? If you choose to move a message from your IMAP folder to a local folder, it will be deleted from the server and stored locally, this is not the add-on's fault, it's how Thunderbird works. So, if you want to retain mails locally and on the server, use the "Copy" option instead of "Move". Don't forget, you can always move messages back to the web-folders if you want to. LocalFolders is an open source add-on. The latest source code can be found here. I tested it with Gmail and Outlook, and it works fine. The extension can also import content from portable Thunderbird profiles. Landing Page https://addons.thunderbird.net/en-US/thunderbird/addon/localfolder/ Source: LocalFolders is a Thunderbird extension that helps you create local mail storage directories
  20. Tile Tabs WE makes it easier to display tabs side-by-side in Firefox and Chrome Remember Tile Tabs in Firefox? The classic extension for the browser added capabilities to it to display multiple sites in a single tab. Tile Tabs WE is the successor of the extension, and since it is based on WebExtensions, compatible with all recent versions of Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. WebExtensions APIs don't provide options to display multiple sites in a tab, and that is the reason why Tile Tabs WE uses the next best thing, windows, for its operations. The change impacts the display, as windows do come with window controls that take up space. The very first thing you do is install the extension in the Firefox or Google Chrome web browser. The extension should work in other Chromium-based browsers such as Microsoft Edge or Brave as well. Vivaldi browser users don't need it as the browser supports tab tiling functionality natively. The extension adds a single icon to the browser's toolbar, but you may control it with keyboard shortcuts or context menus as well. Once installed, right-click on the extension icon to display its menu. Here you may switch the layout and even create layouts of your own. The layout determines the number of tabs that the extension will split in windows on the screen. The default is two tabs, but you can go as high as displaying all tabs in windows side-by-side on the screen. Custom layouts can be saved, and exported and imported. The extension will place the tiles in the location of the original browser window. The number of tiles depends on the screen size to a large degree. To invoke the functionality, click on the extension icon. It uses the "default" tile layout for the operation. A second click returns the tiles to their parent window. The extension selects tabs based on the following logic: If multiple tabs are selected, e.g. by holding Ctrl and left-clicking on tabs, these are tiled. Otherwise, it is the active tab and tabs to its right that are selected. If there are not enough tabs on the right, tabs on the left will be selected as well. If there are not enough tabs, blank tabs are created. A small extension icon is displayed in the top left corner on each tab used in the layout. You can use it to add or remove tiles, change the layout, bookmark it, or enable scroll sync. Scroll sync synchronizes scrolling between all tabs of the layout. When you use the scrollbar in one tab, all other tabs are scrolled as well provided that this is possible. The feature can be useful to compare two pages or sites, or two versions of an article to find differences. You may also resize tiles while keeping the layout intact. Closing Words Tile Tabs WE adds tab splitting functionality to Firefox, Google Chrome and most Chromium-based web browsers. The feature is not as elegant as that of the Vivaldi web browser, but is useful nevertheless as it makes it easier to display multiple tabs side-by-side on the screen. Landing Page https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/tile-tabs-we/ Source: Tile Tabs WE makes it easier to display tabs side-by-side in Firefox and Chrome
  21. Get more control over how links open in Firefox with Right Links WE Right Links WE is a browser extension for Mozilla's Firefox web browser that gives users more control over the browser's link opening behavior. The extension is a WebExtensions port of Right Links, a classic add-on for Firefox that offered some features that the developer could not port because of missing WebExtensions capabilities. Features that are not supported currently include the handling of clicks on bookmarks and history items, simulation of link clicks on JavaScript links, and more. Desktop users who use web browsers have multiple options when it comes to the opening of links. They may left-click on links, hold down keys like Shift or STRG while doing so, right-click and use the context menu, use touch, or even the keyboard. Users who want more control over when and how links are opened, may install Right Links WE in Firefox. Installation is straightforward, and an icon is added to the Firefox toolbar when the installation completes successfully. Two new link opening options are enabled automatically when the extension is installed and enabled: Long left-click to open the link in a new tab and to switch to that tab. Right-click to open the link in the background. The options include several settings to customize the default behavior. It is possible to disable one or both link clicking options, or to modify them in the following ways: Set whether links should be opened in the background. Set whether the content of the link should be loaded right away, or only after the tab is selected. Set whether the resource is loaded in a new tab, new window, or current tab. Set the long left-click timeout. Set the right-click context menu timeout. Disable left-click or right-click functionality for select sites individually, using regular expressions. Right Links WE handles clicks on images, including canvas images, as well by default. The functionality can be disabled permanently, or a size limit can be set. The entire functionality may be disabled with a tap on the F2 key or with a left-click on the extension icon in the Firefox toolbar. Closing Words Right Links WE gives Firefox users more options when it comes to opening links in the browser, e.g. by loading links directly in the background on click, or not loading them. Landing Page https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/right-links/ Source: Get more control over how links open in Firefox with Right Links WE
  22. Move tabs between windows, detach tabs, save your browsing session with the SplitUP extension for Firefox and Chrome Tab Manager Plus has been my go-to add-on for finding, managing my tabs. Combined with OneTab for saving my sessions, it has made my browsing life quite easier. But I'm always on the lookout for interesting plugins. The latest one that I have been testing is SplitUP, this is an extension for Firefox and Chrome that allows you to move tabs between windows, detach the tabs, save your browsing session, and more. Install the extension, click on the new icon that has appeared on the toolbar, and a modal should pop-down. This is SplitUp's interface. It lists all tabs that you have open, with the favicon and title of each tab. In case you have multiple windows, the tabs will be listed on a per-window basis, you'll have to scroll down to view the other windows. Click on a window's name to collapse its list. Want to move a tab from one window to another? You can do this by dragging and dropping the tab to the window's list. Moving multiple tabs is possible too, check the boxes next to the tabs, or use the select all button on the toolbar, click on the SplitUp button at the bottom of the interface, and the tabs will be moved to a separate window. Mouse over a tab in the list, and an X button will appear next to it, click on it to close the tab. You can close multiple tabs at the same time, by marking them and clicking on the trash can button. The search bar at the top can be used to find specific tabs. It supports fuzzy search, so you can enter the partial text of the website's URL or the tab's title. The results appear instantly as you type. Select a tab in the list to jump to it. SplitUp can be used to save your browsing sessions, click on the Save button (Floppy Disk icon) to save the session. Your saved sessions can be accessed by clicking on the ribbon (Bookmark icon) at the top. To restore tabs from the session, select them and click the SplitUp button to load them in a new window. Here's the best part, you can select specific tabs and save them as a session. And yes, you can save multiple sessions. The extension also allows you to export your session (2nd icon from the top right) to a plain text file. There is no option to import a session from the text document, thought it can be handy if you're using an extension like OneTab. SplitUp will display a speaker icon to the left of tabs that have some video/audio playing. Click on the icon to mute the tab, to unmute hit the icon again. The default color scheme of SplitUp is the Dark mode, but you can switch to a light theme. In my opinion, both seem flashy with the bright colors. The add-on does not have a settings page, so you can't customize its appearance or behavior. SplitUp is an open source extension. It is available for Firefox and Chrome. The add-on's menu was very slow to appear in Chromium based browsers, I tested it with Edge and Brave. The Firefox version didn't have this issue for the most part, it only happened once. I kind of stumbled on to a fix for this. I had been experiencing some network issues, and had disconnected from my Wi-Fi network (to switch to a different one) from the system tray, and for some reason this also caused the extension's menu to pop-up instantly. It worked normally after I re-enabled the primary network. This also worked with the Chrome extensions, but the pop-up delay issue seems to occur consistently with those browsers. Landing Page https://github.com/onaralili/SplitUp Source: Move tabs between windows, detach tabs, save your browsing session with the SplitUP extension for Firefox and Chrome
  23. Chrome extension turns on YouTube captions when eating noisy chips A new AI-powered Google Chrome extension will automatically turn on YouTube extensions if it detects you are eating noisy chips. I doubt few people have not experienced hearing a movie, TV show, or video while someone next to you is loudly eating chips. To make it easier to watch YouTube videos, creative agency Happiness Saigon partnered with Frito-Lay to create the 'Lay's Crispy Subtitles' browser extension that automatically enables YouTube captions when it detects you are eating chips. To achieve this, Happiness Saigon trained an AI algorithm using 178 hours of recording people eating chips from all over the world. BleepingComputer tried out the extension and was pleasantly surprised by how the extension immediately turned on YouTube captions when our microphone picked up the noisy sound of eating chips. YouTube watchers will know when the Lay's Crispy Subtitles extension is at work as it will also briefly display the extension logo in the top right corner of a video when it activates captions, as shown below. Lay's Crispy Subtitles auto-enabling captions BleepingComputer performed some tests with other food groups, such as peanuts, carrots, and cereal. While peanuts and carrots were not noisy enough or crunchy enough, eating cereal also enabled captions in our tests to see what would trigger the extension. However, your results may vary depending on how noisily you eat your food. Chrome extension turns on YouTube captions when eating noisy chips
  24. Enable proper word wrapping in Thunderbird using the Toggle Line Wrap extension Do you write long mails? Most users do, sometimes at least. It can be detailed instructions for someone, collaborative mails between you and your colleagues, or just a letter of correspondence. As a Thunderbird user, you may have experienced this issue, when you write a message and the sentences get longer, the mail ends up taking the screen space from one end of the compose window to the other. And you'll be moving your head from side-to-side as if you were watching a Tennis match, just to keep checking the mail contents. This is particularly annoying while working on large screen monitors. Text editors suffer from this issue as well, but they have a simple solution for it readily available, word wrap. Toggle Line Wrap is an extension for Thunderbird that adds support for word wrap in your messages. Install the extension, and click on the Write button on the mail client's toolbar. The message compose window should open as usual, but you will see a new option in the top right-corner of the window, that is labeled "Line Wrap". Now, there is a good chance that the Line Wrap button may be greyed out for you. Don't worry about it, you can get it working in a jiffy. Go to Thunderbird's options page, stay on the General tab, and scroll down to the bottom. Click on the button that says Config Editor, it's similar to Firefox's about:config page. Accept the disclaimer, and on the next screen, type "mailnews.send_plaintext_flowed", and set the preference's boolean value to false. Now, go back to the compose window, and the Line Wrap button should be clickable. When it is toggled, the text content of your mails should stick to the left side of the window, which makes it easier to read without straining yourself. If you have disabled Line Wrap, a badge appears on the button to indicate that it is "off". You may Toggle Line Wrap quickly by using the hotkey, Ctrl + Shift + W. There are a few limitations in Toggle Line Wrap. Firstly, the line wrapping only works in the message composer, i.e., you cannot toggle it for messages that are in your Inbox, Sent folders. This is kind of a let down, but at least you have it for writing mails. The other drawback is that the mail extension only supports the plain text format. What this means is that you will have to disable the "Compose messages in HTML format" option, under your email account's setting. And if you have multiple accounts, you'll need to toggle the option for each of those. The add-on has a single option that you can modify, and it enables the line wrapping behavior by default for all mails that you compose. If you'd rather have manual control over this, disable the option, and use the toolbar button or the hotkey whenever you want to invoke its functionality. Toggle Line Wrap is an open source plugin. It is a mail extension that is a replacement for Toggle Word Wrap, also from the same developer. Landing Page https://addons.thunderbird.net/en-US/thunderbird/addon/toggle-line-wrap/ Source: Enable proper word wrapping in Thunderbird using the Toggle Line Wrap extension
  25. Select multiple tabs of the same site with just two-clicks with the Select Tabs extension for Firefox Tab Management extensions are handy when you want to switch between tabs, find a specific one, organize them, etc. Things get slightly difficult if you want to select several tabs from the same domain. Select Tabs is a new Firefox extension that helps you select multiple tabs of the same site, with just two-clicks. With the add-on installed, right-click on a tab, and you should see a new menu item called Select Tabs. It has its own sub-menu, mouse over it to view the list. The first option, Same site, when clicked upon will automatically select all tabs belonging to the same domain (and subdomain). So, if you have a hundred tabs, and 15 of those were from YouTube and are in different locations on the tab bar. Click on one of those and choose Same Site, and the add-on will automatically pick the other 14. When the tabs are selected you can perform various actions like move tabs, close them, bookmark the tabs, etc., anything that you can use from Firefox's tab context menu. The extension has a total of 10 selection options. Let's take a quick tour of what the other menu items. Same Site and Descendants will not only highlight all tabs belonging to the same website, but all subsequent pages that you visited through them, e.g. you opened Google, looked up a product and opened its site, and you had more Google tabs. The add-on will select all of those including the landing pages in one go. Same Site Cluster is a bit different. Let's use the same example, you have five tabs that are from the same site. Three of those are adjacent to one another, while the others have at least one tab between them and the other three. Same Site Cluster will only select the neighboring tabs, so in this case the two tabs that are further away will not be selected. The next two options are To the Left, and To the Right, as their names indicate they select tabs to the left or the right of the current tab. The last five options in Select Tabs belong to the same group. A Parent tab is the starting page which you used to open a different tab, e.g. open link in new tab. When you use the Parent tab menu item, the extension will ignore the tab you right-clicked on, and select the original one, aka the Parent. If you want to select both tabs, use the Parent and Descendants option. What if you opened several tabs from a Parent tab? Those would be sibling tabs, and the other three options in the add-on may be used to select only the Sibling Tabs or Descendant tabs, or both of those. Select Tabs is compatible with Firefox Containers, and can select Parent, Sibling and Descendant tabs even if they belong to different containers. To deselect all tabs, just click on any tab, and you can start over. Select Tabs is an open source project. The terminology is a bit confusing, but once you understand the concept, it all makes sense. The add-on does not support proper keyboard shortcuts, you will need to right-click on the tab bar, and tap the S key (multiple times), use the arrow key and then tap the key that corresponds to the first letter of the menu option. That's not convenient. Landing Page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/select-tabs/ Select multiple tabs of the same site with just two-clicks with the Select Tabs extension for Firefox
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